Start with a Book: Read. Explore. Learn!

Ages: 5 - 12Developer: WETA Reading Rockets

A wealth of information and inspiration in one place, Start with a Book is a one stop shop for learning. WETA and Reading Rockets are the forces behind, and in front of, this well organized and attractively presented website. Offering 24 different themes to explore, young readers from emerging to reluctant can dive into topics from uncovering dinosaurs on earth to exploring life in outer space.  Books are suggested (to borrow or buy), activities that encourage learning through building, writing, tapping and swiping, are all at one’s fingertips.

The literacy blog experts have written articles that offer opinions and tips for parents, and the book finder tool is a treasure map just waiting to be unfolded. Author interviews in text and video are humanizing and downloadable lunch box notes are sweet reminders of how reading (and writing) can touch us all.  Celebrations from “Read Across America” to “World Read Aloud Day” are fun for all. The featured STEM toolkits, Space Rangers and River Rangers, take young readers from how rivers are formed, to where water may be beyond earth.

Where will books take you?

 

Claire Green ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Claire is president of Parents’ Choice Foundation and serves as a judge on several national toy and music award committees. She champions toys, books, and media that offer children new perspectives and playful adventures in learning.

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